Walls of rock slant steeply on either side as we fly down a road in West Virginia. The conversation centers on reality. To look at the mighty rock and know that a Spiritual being can walk straight through it. Strange to think that our world, the one we can touch and find hard, is perhaps the less real one.
What is reality though? Is it just something of our imagination to make us feel safe? We do make up our own fake realities; build it to be exactly how we want it to be. My Dad and brother were just watching a show about illusions and how much of life we actually miss because we are focusing on one thing. If we’re honest, the truest reality is not in the least bit “safe” so our tendency is to push that aside. There are happier things to focus on!
In Ephesians 6:12, Paul reminds us of reality as he tells the Ephesians to stand in the armor of God. “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in heavenly places.”
The devil, and the angels who fell from heaven with him, are doing everything they are allowed to bring darkness and destruction to this world. Everyone has fallen prey to their deception. Our flesh is bent toward sin and believing lies from the day we are born.
“Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, ‘If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know truth, and the truth will set you free.’” (John 8:31-32) The Jews do not believe they have ever been enslaved so they asked how they could possibly become “free.” Jesus answers with, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin.”
He doesn’t stop there though! “The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (v.35-36) That is the reason Jesus left His glory to come to earth to die. He came to bear all of our sin; to give us the option of freedom and true life.
There is always more than the life you are living.